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Part-time Workers Confused by the Affordable Care Act

Our newest survey indicates that many part-time workers are confused about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them when it goes into affect in January, 2014. Our survey of 2,066 US adults, reveals that although the majority of workers (71%) have heard of the Act, many are confused about what the impact will be for them. And only 8% indicate their employer has communicated to them about the Act. As I’ve written about before, employers are generally paying a lot of attention to what they need to do to get ready. According to our survey, though, educating employees about how the Act is likely to affect them is not a focal area.

Organizations have a lot of work to do to get ready for complying with the Affordable Care Act in January 2014. Our survey found that 44 percent of part-time workers do not use an automated system to capture their time and 64 percent report their part-time employers don’t use an automated scheduling solution. This means that a lot of folks are doing this work manually, and they’ll have a hard time complying with the look- back and reporting requirements of the legislation. Perhaps more troubling, 36 percent of workers say that the hours they work are different from the hours they are scheduled to work, which could present a liability issue for employers.

According to Paul DeCamp, partner, Jackson Lewis LLP and former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, “There are a lot of interesting data points in this survey and many of them should be of interest to employers around the country. Overwhelmingly, part-time workers are confused about how the Affordable Care Act will impact them in virtually every way and only 8 percent have heard anything about it from their employers. Organizations need to start a dialogue with employees to begin to shed light on this important issue and empower them with information as it becomes available.”

Our board member, Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady, is similarly concerned saying “As with other segments of the population surveyed, it appears as though part-time employees are also uncertain and confused by the elements and implications of The Affordable Care Act. Their uncertainty relates very much to lack of familiarity with the details of the Act as it applies to full and part-time employees as well as how the act changes the landscape of health service. However, I’m not certain that the survey verifies that employees are any more knowledgeable and clear about their current health insurance coverage. The survey indicates the need for policy leaders and employers to generate clear and accurate information regarding health insurance coverage and the impact of ACA on the lives of their employees.”

Survey Key Findings:

  • Most part-time workers have heard of the Affordable Care Act: 71 percent said they were familiar with the changes associated with it; 21 percent said they have not heard anything about it; and 7 percent said they have heard the name but are not at all familiar with with the changes associated with it.
  • Information on the Affordable Care Act is coming from a variety of sources: the news media (61 percent); friends and family (38 percent each); and social media (36 percent) all ranked high on the list. Only 8 percent said they had heard about the Affordable Care Act from their employer.
  • When asked how they felt about the changes associated with the Affordable Care Act, 27 percent said “confused”, 25 percent said “hopeful”, and 22 percent said “angry”.
  • When asked how much better or worse they thought their quality of care would be under the Affordable Care Act, 31 percent thought it would be worse; 30 percent weren’t sure; 23 percent thought it would not be impacted; and 16 percent thought it would be better.
  • When asked if they thought their healthcare would cost more or less, 45 percent thought it would cost more; 30 percent weren’t sure; 17 percent thought it would not be impacted; and 9 percent thought it would cost less.
  • 48 percent of part-time employees don’t think that the Affordable Care Act will have any impact on how many hours they are scheduled to work; 33 percent aren’t sure; 15 percent think they will be scheduled for less hours; and 4 percent think they will be scheduled for more hours.
  • 64 percent of part-time employees say they usually work the hours they are scheduled to work, while 32 percent say they usually work more, and 4 percent say they usually work less.
  • A slight majority of part-time workers say they use an automated system to track their hours at work – 56 percent versus 44 percent who do not.
  • Only 27 percent of part-time workers say their employer uses an automated system to create their schedule, 64 percent don’t, and 10 percent aren’t sure.

You can learn more about how workforce management technology can help with ACA compliance here. In the meantime, though, start thinking about employee communications as a critical element of your strategy.

Talking about the Affordable Care Act with Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady

This week I spoke with our board member, Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady about the implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for healthcare providers and for employers.  If your organization employs more that 50 full time equivalent employees, you are no doubt already grappling with what you’ll need to do to comply with the act.

Tim, who consults with healthcare providers around the country, has a deeply informed perspective on what the ACA will mean for workers and employers.  In our conversation, Tim reflects on the increasing responsibility that healthcare providers have to ensure their services are delivering the best possible outcomes for the money spent even as the pressure is applied to employers to ensure that employees can get the heath services they need at an affordable cost.

You can listen to a podcast of our conversation here: PPACA compliance podcast

In order to ensure compliance with the ACA and the drive toward evidence-based medical practice, both healthcare providers will be increasingly dependent on technology to track costs and predict outcomes.  Other resources that might be useful to you and your organization in understanding the ACA:

Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Avoiding Penalties  and Minimizing Costs – Kronos Webinar on March 6 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET

Mercer Report:  Health Care Reform After the Decision.  Mercer surveyed 1,215 US employers shortly after the Supreme Court decision last summer upholding the act.  This report provides a brief overview of the provisions of the act relating to employer responsibility for providing employees with affordable health insurance as well as those employers’ assessments of the financial impact the Act will have on business.

As Ben Franklin famously noted, “An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure”.  What’s your organization doing to prepare for the ACA?  And what are you doing to help employees manage their own health?

Debunking Catfish, Manti Te’o and the PPACA

We’re all going to be hearing lots more about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the coming year as organizations grapple with its full implications.  According to Paul DeCamp, partner, Jackson Lewis LL, “Many organizations had been taking a wait-and-see approach to PPACA compliance. Now that the election is over, it would be prudent for employers to get a strategy in place and develop tools and processes to comply before the 2014 deadline.”

So what does this have to do with catfish and Manti Te’o? My heart goes out to this guy, but I’m flabbergasted by how wide the gap was between perception and reality here.  And just as his ignorance of the facts is causing him grief, ignorance of the law isn’t going to protect organizations from the consequences of non-compliance with the provisions of the PPACA.

I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard the term “catfishing” before this week.  The expression comes from the movie Catfish, and refers to getting duped by people who fake their identities online.  According to a character in the movie, catfish were mixed with codfish when they were shipped live in saltwater aquariums in order to keep the codfish more lively and their flesh thereby more tasty.  The character is basically defending an identity faker on the basis that she served as a “catfish”, making life more interesting for those around her.

As the daughter and granddaughter of men who made their livelihood selling codfish, I’m calling foul on the catfish story.  Codfish was salted and dried for transportation, shipped whole on ice, and eventually filleted and quick-frozen for shipment when the technology became available in the 1920’s.  I don’t believe codfish were ever transported across the US live in salt water aquariums.  So, just saying, check your facts.

Here are some truth-telling items you may want to check out from this week:

I enjoyed  this interview on HR Bartender with our board member Andy Brantley where he shares his insights about how entry level employees can chart a career path– great competencies for anyone in any job (or in life in general!)

The top 5 reasons why people will leave their jobs this year according to Forbes.

TLNT on how to have a winning team in 2013

Love this article: making the software engineers take some of the customer service calls – that’s one way to do it!

How to Get Employees Motivated After the Holidays via @WF_Institute

Coaching Employees To the Next Level via @HRBartender

A lot of Kronites attended the National Retail Federation conference this week.  Check out the items below for more information about how retailers are differentiating themselves via workforce management.

Check out some pictures from the #Kronos booth: #NRF13

#Kronos Sponsors #NRF13 Session on the Benefits of Investing in Labor

Visit the #Kronos booth and donate to #SandyRelief #NRF13

#Kronos Helps #Retailers Manage in the Moment with Workforce Tablet Analytics #nrf13